In a sign of the shifting times, a new study by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) shows that less Americans consider divorce as the best solution for a struggling marriage. Only 38% of women surveyed said that they would pursue divorce during times of marital strife, a substantial decline from the 47% a decade earlier. Similarly, 39% of men said that divorce is preferable to staying in an unhappy marriage, down from 44% over the same time period.
Researchers speculate that there could be several reasons for the change of heart. Couples, on average, are marrying later in life. Younger couples without diverse life experiences may be ill-equipped to adapt to career changes and a corresponding shift in the dynamic of their relationship. Additionally, the NCHS polled couples in the midst of the recent recession. During times of economic stress, a couple may be disinclined to pursue divorce – an often costly endeavor that can have broad financial implications for many years to come. The survey was comprised of 10,000 interviews with individuals ages 15 to 44 about their views on changes in the American family.
Although the statistics demonstrate a willingness by couples to remain committed to their marriage, unfortunately, divorce is sometimes unavoidable. The American Psychological Association reports that 40 to 50% of all marriages will end in divorce and that subsequent marriages enjoy an even worse prognosis. Relationships involving substance abuse, domestic violence, infidelity or other betrayals may be difficult to salvage. Additionally, couples who have sought and received marriage counseling or spiritual guidance but cannot overcome their differences may – over time – begin to see divorce as their only option.
When it becomes clear that despite best efforts a marriage cannot be saved, it is important that couples have an open and honest dialogue about how they will part ways. Mediation provides a low-cost, low-pressure option for dividing assets and deciding issues like child custody and spousal support. Our Towson divorce lawyers can preside over mediation or represent a spouse in court if and when such action becomes necessary.
When a Marriage Cannot Be Saved, the Towson Divorce Lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles LLC Can Help
Most couples will enter into divorce only as a last resort. If you or a loved one is at such a crossroad, contact our Towson divorce lawyers at Huesman, Jones & Miles LLC. At our Hunt Valley, Pikesville and Towson, Maryland offices, we represent clients throughout Baltimore County, Harford County, Carroll County and Howard County, including Towson, Essex, Columbia and Bel Air. Call us today to schedule your free confidential consultation. We can be reached at 443-589-0150 or complete our online contact form.